Daily Devotional June 20, 2022

Rerun of Daily Devotional June 20, 2017

Building a new house is the sort of thing that can lead to a less than harmonious marriage as the couple makes decisions about their future home.  In fact, when Shannon and I built our home, she was gracious enough to allow me to make two decisions.  She says I made more, and I do remember saying, “If that’s what you want I’m fine with it.”  So if agreeing with my wife counts as a decision, then I made more.

Matt and Brooke are currently building a home and they have done something I think is amazing.  It’s the sort of thing I wish I had thought of.

Sunday afternoon, the Crisps and their boys walked through the construction site of their future home.  Once inside, they wrote scripture passages on the studs of every room.  In addition, they also wrote the prayer that our children say on Sunday mornings and what I believe are the most important words we can ever speak:  “God loves you.”

Soon sheetrock will be placed over those scripture passages and they will no longer be visible.  But they will always be there.

Matt and Brooke were intentional about making sure God’s word is in every part of their home.  This is a good example of how we are to live our lives.

If we aren’t careful, we compartmentalize the different aspects of life and act as if they do not interact.  There’s the God compartment, family compartment, work compartment, home compartment, hobby compartment, the list goes on and on…

This is a narrow, myopic view that leads to a life divorced from true meaning and purpose.   It also makes both us and our lives less than God wants.

But if we intentionally put God at the center of every aspect of life, then, even though the storms of life will still roll our way, we can face both the good and the bad with the sure confidence of God’s presence, guidance, and blessing.

This is what King David meant when he said, “I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”  (Psalm 16:8)

Focus on God’s will for your life.  It’s the best way to live.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please help me to always be aware of your Spirit’s presence.  Guide every aspect of my life.  Let me be a blessing to others.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

When Shannon reads this morning’s devotional, she will say I am wrong, and I got to make a lot of decisions.  Who are you going to believe, me (the pastor) or Shannon?

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins